Jessica Simpson is struggling with her weight and I am happy about it. No, I’m not saying I’m glad to hear that she is unhappy with how she looks. But I AM thrilled to hear that a celebrity who gained a solid (aka normal) amount of weight during her pregnancy hasn't shed it in record time.
I can’t say I’m J. Simpson’s biggest fan, but I really respect her honesty when it comes to her weight and body image, and I always have.
Years ago I saw Jessica perform in a local radio station’s concert, and when she came out on stage, she told the audience her pants had split during rehearsal and laughed at herself. I decided I liked her. I remember watching Newlyweds later and thinking she was beautiful, in an unattainable, model kind of way.
But her body was never "skinny." It was normal.
She may not have been “average,” but she didn’t look like she was starving and she still rocked a bikini. I also remember being surprised to see that she seemed to not only eat regularly, but to enjoy food and the process of eating and sharing a meal.
Simpson’s pregnancy with daughter Maxwell Drew seemed to drag on forever, and the articles about her “excessive” weight gain ran rampant. So, she indulged while pregnant -- many women are guilty of the same crime. Girlfriend is only 5’3” -- that doesn’t leave much room for hiding extra pounds!
In a time when "Pregorexia" has, sadly, become a common term, Jessica Simpson has admitted to eating what she wanted and thoroughly enjoying her pregnancy. She proudly flaunted her baby belly, and why shouldn’t she? For most women, pregnancy is a happy, beautiful time, and many even say they felt their sexiest while expecting.
Jess seems to have the same carefree attitude about losing the weight. She even recently told People:
My body is not bouncing back like a supermodel. I'm just your everyday woman who is trying to feel good and be healthy for her daughter, her fiancé, and herself.
How refreshing! She even joined Weight Watchers!
Okay, yes, WW is paying her, but if Jess wants to keep the money, she really has to follow the rules and lose the weight. And even though she can afford, and has, a personal trainer, a trainer doesn't do the workouts for you. She’s putting in the time and effort to lose the weight, just like anyone else, and she’s doing it in a healthy way at a healthy pace.
It really gives me hope for new moms -- and all women -- to see celebs like Jessica, Jennifer Garner, and Hilary Duff who are not killing themselves to look perfect while pregnant and slim down immediately after. Sure, we all want to look fabulous at all times, but it’s unrealistic. And when you’re risking your own health and your child’s, is it really worth it?
Very few celebrities would admit to struggling to lose weight, but Jessica has, and I like her even more for it.
Do you find Jessica’s attitude about losing the baby weight refreshing? Are you tired of Hollywood’s skinny standards?
This article was written by Kristin Zimmermann.
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